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tens of thousands across the world unite against one of the largest most powerful agricultural giants which is pushing small farmers to the brink with accusations its monopolies protected by the u.s. government. deadly suicide bombings in nigeria pountney carried out by islamism response to france's military action is neighboring mali is of a domino effect from bargain spreading throughout former french colonies. and as britain sees a spike in islamophobia incidents in the way could be murder of a british soldier. debate on whether immigrants and muslims is justified.
i welcome you watching our take with me. now tens of thousands of activists are teaming up for a global day of action against biotech giant monsanto they claim the corporation has established a seed monopoly from the u.s. to asia holding small farmers hostage to their product and forcing those who don't use it out of business the firm has also come under increased scrutiny for the alleged health and environmental risks of its seeds and to see reports march against months and how as a global log lot of grassroots movement which is going to organize these worldwide protests taking place throughout the weekend all over the world we're talking about they're saying that this is going to span over six continents and up to fifty countries with four hundred global march as well as many as two hundred thousand participants in the united states alone all of these people planning to flood out
onto the streets throughout the world to speak out against this. biotech giant accused of producing genetic genetically engineered food and agriculture we're definitely expecting to see plenty of occupy wall street activists at the anti monsanto protest throughout the weekend because many of the issues that are going to be addressed are certainly similar we're still talking about the ninety nine percent versus the one percent we're talking about corporations having great influence on politicians as well as wealth inequality that continues to remain in countries throughout the world in the united states but also when it comes to the situation with monsanto all of these issues continue to apply so while while all of the occupy wall street movement was certainly a more general outrage at the way the system runs this particular march and these events that are taking place throughout the weekend are directed at a specific corporation having a very controversial reputation they're known to
a harassed farmers throughout the world to sue farmers for example in the united states and canada for tens of thousands of dollars you know affecting businesses and farmers in places like india really wiping off any legislation that ever comes up that would affect monsanto's business and just getting in the way of people speaking out against what they see as wrong so certainly whereas the march against monsanto is against a specific corporation that continues to do these things that hundreds of thousands of people don't necessarily agree with the occupy wall street movement is certainly expected to be part of this big burnaby who is a social media directive a march against monsanto claims in some parts of the world the corporate giants tactics or even the leading farmers to suicide. if you look at what happened in india i mean there's an epidemic of suicides of the farmers because monsanto sold them or cotton in a cotton seed that they promised would do a certain thing and then those seeds didn't perform how they were supposed to and
it drove a lot of these indian farmers into sheer poverty and they ended up committing suicide by the hundreds and thousands want to get even a sideman some sort of effect farming communities everywhere i mean in the united states they're known for suing small farmers there's a lot of small farmers at the putting out of business because they have genetic migration into into crops that weren't supposed to be g.m.o. but they're going to cross-pollinate it and then monsanto comes in they use their government cronies to go in and shut down small farmers because. their genetics from their seeds that they patented have have slowly crept into the into the genetics of non g.m.o. seeds as well. amid accusations the monsanto corporation enjoys protection from the authorities a recent report showed the us government has been questioning it all being for g.m. foods across the world correspondent megan lopez has this report. for
years now americans have been concerned about the food in their refrigerators and more importantly the ingredients in those foods the debate over genetically modified crops isn't only playing out in the fields it's being harvested in the courtrooms as well as within the walls of capitol hill and it turns out the u.s. government might have a bigger stake in the biotech industry than anyone could have imagined a report released by the food and water watch group shows that the u.s. state department played a major role in promoting g.m. foods and crops around the world the report examined diplomatic cables from two thousand and five to two thousand and nine revised the first comprehensive analysis of u.s. policy when it comes to the biotech industry now here are the four stated goals that food and water watch discovered in these cables the first one is to promote biotech interests abroad they try to facilitate trade and encourage cultivation of g.m. crops second up lobby foreign governments to weaken biotech rules you can't after
all profit off these countries if you can't get your products in some of them along with lobbying the need to protect biotech exports by stopping trade barriers like tariffs all this to promote and protect an estimated twenty five billion dollar industry and biotech crop exports and in particular one property monsanto which was the biggest biotech seed company in two thousand and eleven and finally reach out to new markets by pressuring the developing countries to adopt a biotech crops the main argument here is that these crops are stronger and can end food insecurity around the world with a growing global population the state department also lobbied against the labeling of these crops and genetically modified foods they don't want any type of labels on them countries from egypt to hungary argentina to mozambique were targeted in these efforts and many of them were very receptive some of them. actually change their
regulations as a result now this lobbying started happening around the same time that monsanto admitted to bribing indonesian officials and in attempt to weaken and veyron mental oversight of g.e. crops now in the wake of these cable releases it appears that monsanto and other biotech firms don't need to bribe country officials anymore they have the government to do that using taxpayer money nonetheless it is the latest chapter in a dispute over your dinner plate in washington meghan lopez r t well the global day of action has already kicked off with cheese in this trailer you can check out our live updates at our website at r.t. dot com and stay with us throughout the day for the latest on the protests against monsanto as a wave of anger over the biotech giant global. with the backing of the government so he sees. the world bracing for.
the march against the sun to users. on our street. french troops have raided an army base in northern nigeria killing militants who staged twin suicide blasts on thursday that left more than twenty people dead the attacks in. a local military base and a french owned uranium mine and islamist group from mali claimed responsibility saying the bombings were in retaliation for both france and niger is military involvement in mali well let's take a quick look at how violence has been spreading across a former french colonies in africa this january france started its million military intervention in mali to combat islamic to taken control of the north of the country just days later the al qaeda linked terrorists took over eight hundred people hostage at a gas plant in algeria demanding an end to france's involvement now the man behind that attack that left dozens of hostages killed the north african are carried a leader who was thought to have been killed himself claimed responsibility for
thursday's bombings in niger these latest attacks in niger also come in retaliation for french involvement in mali that shows a disturbing trend of islamists not disappearing but simply relocating from one country to another sparking fears they could carry out further attacks to make their point. expects. those behind this side last that killed over twenty people in niger and they have described it as an attack against iran in revenge for its offensive against islamic militants in neighboring mali one of the two groups claiming responsibility for almost ten years explosions at an army base and a french run your a mine in nigeria is the movement for openness and you hard in west africa last year the al qaeda linked group seized control over the northern part of mali and brutally ruled the area for months before being driven out of mali by french led troops runs as president then hailed the operation success here in the capital the
map of the french military we hope to have also grants to ask the optimist look at . hermine they destroyed all the major bases of the militants in mali north but this recent attack it's clear that the wrath remains serious and it shows that the militants are not defeated and the fight against them a spot from over although the battlefield has relocated following the recent loss armstrong said france would not interfere however the next day french troops took part in operation to free officers that image and kept it off the track in a feather in the hat for those who want the french intervention was very good chain reaction that will give paris more travel and will bring more violence to the entire region. now t. from mali. r.t. contributor afshin rattansi says it is wrong to think the french actions in its former african colonies will defeat extremism that especially given the natural
riches some of the countries can offer there's no doubt that the french intervention will lot of change anything in particular. the idea that streams or al qaeda linked groups are just going to go away french special forces left. yeah which usually we knew about because of course the yellowcake uranium saddam hussein deals this is where all the world's uranium there's a big fight for whatever is happening in these areas there is a scramble for this uranium french company arrayed with this uranium. how strange that its revenues are twenty eleven or about the g.d.p. of the entire country of what fertile ground to have extremism any good. still ahead few top politicians keep rising a stereotype as the way out of europe's financial crisis but as we report later
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islamophobia incidents were reported including vandalism mosques and a number of muslims including children being abused in the street earlier my colleague bill dodd discussed the extent to which muslims and immigrants are being blamed but an editor of politics talk u.k. and colors could hear from the right wing british national party. acts of terrorism really conducted by the far right you very generously describe the b.n.p. as a right wing party idea they're not right wing they're far right they're a fascist party and the acts of violence that they treat against mosques against property the threats against muslims these are also acts of terrorism these are also acts of violence by non-state actors political means well i've got to learn from and i have to do something to do with my how to help like i was looking around so that i may share is done by right wing fanatics and i have to come to the person with. the other person who spoke and he said noting completely the funked
the personally have an open dialogue with most in communities that recently i had of the bait with muslim communities in books in but the city in london about these very issues. for employees. will be voters will tell you about the. issue of these racist you should learn about what are you know proud of on ok to listen to mr dunn now please but you know i don't know we don't know we don't. have websites people from. people from from they. let me let me join their members it also implies meeting our website and some other lunatics who are so agree with your demented view of the world however that does not mean that you know what is there what is their mission actually was he is the use or are you not yet if you just look just for that is that it does not just toss you short of the british people died there
a poll by what's happened they want to stroll response from government they don't want a reaction that could be tempered by fears of political incorrectness what should be done there's got to be some strong reaction surely political correctness really has no connection to whether you have a viable response to a terrorist incident stopping terrorism is about having. joined up services by intelligence agencies by the police by mental health authorities by schools by the muslim community these are the kind of sensible adult news that you take to prevent violence and what about the maintenance as well because a lot of fives you. misunderstand that it is something to do with an intrinsic nature of islam ok mr did mention the fact that you can't have the manpower to track all these people down but surely there has been a lack of surveillance of many people who say we need to step up that now so what so-called snooping on people because clearly they were on the five radar but they got through i mean is that do you think that people be as you just make something very clear. where we don't really know what is how does it let me say this i mean
there's a lot of people talking without any access to the information required to make we know yes they're one of my partner let me think it was a free country and they're even say it isn't all that my own intelligence list and not be tracked at all times i'm afraid that these things do sometimes happen terrible as they are that mr particular they have over my five they gave over my five talking in the car so-called months say that refrain to do lie two thousand and five the security services in the united kingdom of a mom power neither to track down every single person on the basis of being born you know not to the reason that they gave obama a five talking no if a few carry on in bailing out of countries killing muslims in the drug funny stuff c.d.r. and everywhere else. you don't you wouldn't have. enough security
services to come to the unger of these people. more coverage on the brutal machete murder in malaysia is available online for you also there roughly rick's on face book are commonly enough to get you locked up we've got the story of one us thing a.j. he's facing twenty years in jail for facebook posts threatening the government and promising to kill people but some say the storage fees are over reacting learn why at r.t. dot com also there you know what it may only take a matter of hours and a three d. printer to create a deadly and undetectible weapon but tests show it's not quite ready to be fide safely visit our website at r.t. dot com for more. on. this burn is likely to request a third revision to its deficit targets agreed with the e.u. and i.m.f.
creditors as part of its seventy eight billion euro international bailout that is the country's financial crisis continues to gain momentum but while budget cuts will have little effect on the rich further belt tightening by working class portuguese people is leaving them desperate for their future artie's peter all of our reports. europe's politicians insist that all star team is essential but what effect does that austerity have upon the everyday people to whom it's inflicted upon. i went to meet a family just outside of lisbon who are feeling the pressure of portugal's financial failings. we used to take certain things for granted hard water lights now have to watch everything with families in financial straits like this one of becoming a common occurrence is the gap between the middle class and the breadline narrows
in one of europe's purchased countries. my husband lost his job now we'll live and see the things. and whatever work he can get as a day laborer those savings are running out with two daughters and one grandson the effects of portugal's financial plight is being felt through generations of this family and it's leaving its mark i'm twenty years old people my age should be planning for the future but there's no work the way things are now i have no prospects no hope this family a lucky there are many in portugal and a far worse situation as the country's debt grows and the unemployment levels rise charity organizations are seeing an increase in those needing help push this or themes are already we have children passing out of school because parents can't afford to feed them properly how can they learn if they're focused on hunger these
aren't children from bad parents just parents that can't feed them and there's a nother worrying trend appearing because then worry them all too often we see the same thing the family lose their income they're too proud to ask for help the bells start piling up the mortgage to food before you know it the family on the street but future is that for the children the problem for portugal is that it has debts around one hundred eighty billion euro one hundred twenty percent of unusual production couple that with twenty percent unemployment and it leads to a very difficult situation for its people the country needs money but it doesn't have the economic output to pay off its bills. however what's of more concern is that the country could see another generation grow up under the shadow of national debt. my son would hope her readers that he can get
a job somewhere abroad i can see anything for him here peter all over r.t. portugal. and this europeans continue to struggle with poverty some still manage to cream the profits next max keiser and stacy herbert exposed those they suspect of sucking up public well. game of monopoly and as players go bankrupt the amount of money that you get free when you pass go is increasing so instead of just getting two hundred dollars you're getting two hundred billion dollars if you're the city of london but all the while people are going bankrupt on the side because they can't afford the rent or the rent a rent seeking that's going on within monopoly you have a bad economy it but not all lists and all the garble list and kleptocracy is tz and you don't have any real underlying growth all those pieces on the board for social services social security health care those types of things are all going out
of business except for one notable exception the prison. the kaiser report coming up a bit later on now to some other world news right. suburbs have continued for six nights in a row police say they've managed to bring down the level of protest but the violence has spread outside the swedish capital youngsters have been setting cars a blaze and damaging local homes and businesses the rising began in mainly poor immigrant areas after a sixty nine year old man was fatally shot by police in the north of the capital. a gunfight lasting for hours in the center of the afghan capital has claimed two lives a heavily armed taliban group backed by a suicide bomber tried to make their way into an international compound in kabul police held off the attackers who were shooting back machine guns and grenade
launchers it's another stress test for the afghan forces before there and did complete security control by the u.s. in twenty four to. clashes have broke out in bahrain between police and shiite muslims furious over a raid on the home of a top cleric last week thousands more have supported mass protests in the politicians village the opposition believes the house who was ordered as part of increased political pressure by the sunni led government education is the key to success as the saying goes but grabbing some knowledge for palestinian children in the west bank proves quite a challenge one group has to climb rocky mountains every day just to get to the classroom and some through it by extraordinary means is r.t. reports each morning the steep hills of this inhospitable corner of the daily desert come alive with children scrambling down lucky slopes to get to class before the bell rings. some children walk seven kilometers each way they are very keen to
learn. it takes a certain kind of did occasion to be a student at the school peoples of the coming stickles just to get here possibly. in the winter when it rains a lot of children fall they arrive at school with clothes in the summer the snakes are the main problem. then there are others like judge brinn cushion who come by donkey he wakes up at four each morning so he has enough time to ride the two hours it takes to get to class sometimes i fall from the donkey and i get injured one time i cross the street and my friend who was in another donkey got hit by a car but god saved him and he did not die riding on this is not secure especially in harsh weather conditions and up a rocky mountain passes the chances of falling are pretty high it would be a lot easier if the community could build a road to the school but they're not allowed to israeli authorities say they are
here illegally we always live with the feeling that they are going to kick us out from the camps and we're afraid for our children's future. we just want to live our ordinary lives without fear we have no electricity or water we have no roads. luckily the school is built in line with strict israeli orders but even though the bamboo mud and straw was cannot be bulldozed neither can they be expanded but for the children and the litter parents it's worth the effort these people realize the importance of education. thriving to that kids and also maybe look at the trying to learn. and they realize this importance because they're you know a very not the not for the. for the one hundred thirty students it's a few hours with spite from the harsh reality awaiting them outside these gates the chance for a future which their parents never had driving them to make sure they get to class
whichever way they can put asli r t y d at the hindi in the west bank. i'm back in about half an hour's time with more news but secondly up next it is breaking the set with the mind. although i was born after the vietnam era i remember t.v. discussions about that buddhist monk who burned himself to death as a form of protest the commentators on the news said that people there just have a different mindset that westerners could never understand you know which is probably true but they were implying that people in the west are just different and would never use this absolutely extreme form of protest which is also probably true until just recently with the cost of electricity exceeding the income of the
average bulgarian and a new government coming to power that looks exactly like the old government that collapsed at least six paul gary and have used self-immolation as a very desperate and extreme form of protest but why kristen ghodsee a professor at bowdoin college who has extensively talked to bulgaria protesters claims that those who self-immolating are just incredibly desperate and cannot feed their own children and the people are actually becoming a stealth check for communism because at least that system at the people's basic needs the current democratic system from the populace perspective according to her just cycles through a few new crooks every few years although it does get media attention and you may be feeling desperate suicide is never an answer the more living bulgarians the better bog areas chances believe me but that's just my opinion.
if you live on one hundred thirty three bucks a month for food i should try it because you know how fabulous. i mean at the time that i've seen the team really messed up. in the old story so personally i . think the worst you're going to. live out to the. radio guy for a minute. that i was close to good you've never seen anything like this i'm telling. you guys welcome to break in the set i'm abby martin and environment where real investigative journalism is in serious decline it's important to recognize those who go to great lengths to uncover the uncomfortable truths and.